Remember that kerfuffle about Live Aid funds making their way into rebel hands? Turns out the BBC had no credible evidence behind its allegations, and has only taken about 6 months to admit it. Owen Barder has a detailed discussion here.
Working on the assumption that the BBC was a bit more trustworthy of that, my response to Geldof’s rage might have been a tad bit mocking. In the words of Pope Benedict XVI: I deeply regret that mocking took place.
Update: In the comments section, Nicholas points out that in my previous post on this, several comments indicated that the diversion was accepted wisdom before the BBC story. Can anyone reconcile this? I believe the difference is, as the Barder says, that money sent to rebel areas was likely to have been diverted, but that this was a relatively small percentage. Still, how do these two match up?
“..everybody whoâ€™s paid the slightest bit of attention in the last 25 years knows that the Ethiopian government misused the aid funds it received in the mid-1980â€²s, and that very little of that aid actually helped prevent starvation.” — TIA
“To this day there is no suggestion, let alone evidence, that any of the aid provided in government-controlled Ethiopia, by governments, Band Aid and others, was diverted.” – Owen Barder